design and technology + futures and cultures + aesthetics, ethics and politics

Design & Repair

I'll be spending the month of December as a Senior Fellow at the Digital Cultures Research Lab at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany focusing on the theme of "Design & Repair." I'll give a talk on “Repairing Futures: Anticipation, Participation and Speculation.”

The Driverless City

Code to Ware

This computational fashion project, created with Minna Kao and Amy Sperber, was featured in Eyebeam’s Re-making Patterns exhibit in New York in September 2015.

Work Reimagined

by Laura Forlano and Megan Halpern “The further ahead in time we want to forecast, the further back in time we should look.” -Brad DeLong, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1993-1995 On Friday, September 19th, we held a... Continue Reading →

anthropology + design on Savage Minds

anthropology + design: laura forlano.  I’m an ethnographic time traveler. For much of the last 10 years, I’ve been studying the ways in which the use of communication technology enables emergent socio-cultural practices around working and living in cities. For... Continue Reading →

Speculative Design and Participatory Design

Students from my 2013 Networked Cities Workshop at the Institute of Design used speculative design and participatory design to investigate the topic of cultured meat.

Digital Fabrication and Hybrid Materialities

Digital Fabrication and Hybrid Materialities Culture Digitally, December 13, 2013 On a recent visit to Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital, an exhibition about digital fabrication at New York’s Museum of Art and Design, I was struck by the ways in... Continue Reading →

Review of Ligna’s ‘The First International of Shopping Malls’ (Cork, Ireland)

Review Furtherfield, November 12, 2013 Murakami’s novel After Dark (2007) which refers to both the mobile phone as well as the retail environment of the 7-Eleven seems a fitting place to begin a review of a new media art project that uses... Continue Reading →

Ethnography as Time Travel

Ethnographies from the Future: What can ethnographers learn from science fiction and speculative design? Ethnography Matters, September 2013 In the recent science fiction film Elysium, by South-African-Canadian director Neill Blomkamp and Matt Damon, the world has descended into a dystopia... Continue Reading →

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